Alex Smith, bar manager at Honor Kitchen & Cocktails, says that The Corsican is the East Bay bar's most popular cocktail. It's clear why. The Corsican seems to have started off as a Manhattan that took a month sabbatical in the Caribbean. Rum has softened the bourbon's bite without asserting its own presence too strongly, and the bright greeting of orange gives way to allspice and the subtler herbaceous notes of vermouth. It's a clear, potent, but bewitching drink. For more 2012 Best Cocktail recipes, click here.
Recipe adapted from Honor Kitchen and Cocktails, Emeryville, CA
Yield: 1 drink
1 ounce Buffalo Trace bourbon
1 ounce aged rum, such as Cruzan single-barrel
½ ounce John D. Taylor's Velvet falernum
½ ounce Dolin rouge, or another sweet vermouth
3 dashes orange bitters, such as Regan's
Orange zest for garnish
In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine bourbon, rum, falernum, vermouth and bitters. Stir, then strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with orange zest. Serve.